I agree with Fali S Nariman in Judicial ‘overreach’? Overruled (April 29) that the freedom of our citizens is secured whenever the courts step in. The government is unable to deliver the promises made even on the most basic needs of the people. A responsible Opposition is another option before the public. But, on many issues, politicians cutting across party lines join hands with the government or keep quiet, the OBC reservation issue being a glaring example.
Vasudha P Rao, via e-mail
Fali S Nariman hits the nail on the head when he says that the opening words of our Constitution are “We the People”, not “We the Representatives of the People”. In a democracy while the vote of an imbecile is equal to that of a genius, representation is largely due to muscle power and money.
Bijan Ghosh, Delhi
Age does wither
Vir Sanghvi in More wheelchairs please (April 29) wants to know why we are afraid of generational change in all walks of life, particularly in politics. It is not the people who are perpetuating the myth that wisdom comes with age, it’s greed for power that keeps the wheelchair brigade in its seat. It’s time an age limit be fixed for high offices. Dynamic young ministers will mobilise the nation better than doddering old men.
Habiba Lambay, Mumbai
RM Patwardhan deserves kudos for resurrecting the life and time of old geniuses. But his claim that Usha Khanna is the only woman director in the Hindi film industry is wrong. This may come as a shock to Sharada (of Titli udi fame) who has scored the music for films such as Behan aur Biwi.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi
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